Hi! I'm Valerie Orth, aka VLO. I'm a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and producer. I've been singing and performing my whole life and have been writing my own original music for the past 13 years. I make electro alt-pop music about things like love, the human condition, and fighting for what you believe in.
Valerie Orth inspires listeners to shake off self-doubt and detractors so that they can take control of their lives and relationships. - Consequence of Sound
There is an honesty to Valerie Orth's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking. - San Francisco Chronicle
WE DID IT!! With your help, I reached my initial goal of $6000! THANK YOU! Now we can look forward into how to make this project even bigger and better, with these stretch goals:
I'm making my best album yet! And I want you to be a part of it.
Most of these new songs came from my writing trip in the Pacific Northwest last year. In isolation, I dug deep and channeled new inspiration and perspective on our relationships to each other and our environment. I believe you'll be able to hear your own stories in them as well.
Over the last year, I've been co-producing these songs (meaning lots of re-writing to perfect the lyrics and melodies, arranging, beatmaking, recording, and more) with a world-renowned engineer and some of the greatest musicians in the country (whose credits include Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Blackalicious, and Black Eyed Peas). I can honestly say these are the best sounding songs I've ever made.
The album includes fan-favorites like "99 Cent Dreams," "Tourist in Nature," and "I Believe We Will Win." Plus a few songs that have never been played live before. I'm especially excited about a brand-spanking new one called "Fight For Love" I just finished writing with my dear friend, incredible soul singer/songwriter and my back-up singer, Michael Inge.
This is us performing another song we co-wrote:
I'm still looking for the album title! But you - my Kickstarter backers - will be the first to know what I decide on. Be on the lookout for updates and announcements throughout this campaign!
So far, I've been coming out-of-pocket for the making of this album, including recording musicians (and myself), flights between LA and NYC, producing the tracks (we've literally spent hundreds of hours on production alone!), visuals like the new VLO logo design (that's 🔥), photoshoots (that birthed the one at the top of this page!) and the album's first music video (wait until you see it!!). Most of my collaborators have donated their time to get all of this done so far.
Now I need your help for a crucial part of this journey: making sure, after all this work, the world actually hears it! If we reach our $6000 goal, for the first time for any of my albums, we'll be able to run a radio campaign and expand my audience across the country.
The $6,000 goal covers one Radio Promotion campaign around the release of the album, Taxes + Fees (i.e. Kickstarter takes 8% of all funds raised, plus credit card fees and taxes), and Manufacturing/ Rewards Production fees (i.e. printing CDs, T-shirts, pins and photos).
Please note that this is an All-Or-Nothing Kickstarter Campaign. That means that this project will only be funded if together we reach our $6000 goal by June 20. Thank you for sharing the campaign with friends and family! Be sure to use #VLOKickstarter.
Here are some of the rewards you get for being a badass who supports me and independent music:
Shirts! First T-shirts to show off the new, fire VLO logo on it.
Limited Edition Enamel Pin! Actual design to be revealed during this Kickstarter campaign.
Get the new Valerie Orth album First! You're the first in the world who will hear my new album. Get a physical CD signed and/or a digital download.
Skype Lesson on Songwriting, Music Production on Ableton, or Mixing! A one-hour private lesson to get feedback on some of your own songs, or how to start writing a song in the first place! OR a beginner lesson in Ableton (that's the Digital Audio Workstation I produce in)! Both Songwriting and Production lessons are with me on Skype.
We're also offering an exclusive one-hour lesson with world-renowned mix engineer, David "Dizmix" Lopez, to learn how to improve your mixes. Dizmix engineer credits include Beyonce, Ice Cube and Rick Ross – oh, and Valerie Orth :)
Custom Song! Pick a topic and I'll write a song about it. I'll record and email it, just for you. This is an exclusive reward - for Kickstarter only! Take advantage of it!
Valerie Orth back catalogue! Get all my releases since 2011 in one bundle, including dozens of originals, electro-pop covers of '90s rock hits and a remix album of "Make Your Move," (official video of original version below)
Album Release Show Tickets (NYC and LA only)! The album is slated to be released in October 2019. The live show is going to be amazing. We're already working on it. Take a loved one and experience it yourself. Comes with two hard copies of the CD. We'll give you plenty of advance notice for the album release show dates, but if you cannot make that date, you can use your ticket for another show in NYC or LA.
Concert in Your Home! Invite your family and neighbors over for a potluck, or wine and cheese, and I'll come perform in your living room or backyard. It doesn't get more intimate than that. House concerts, by the way, are some of my all-time favorite shows. I'll be doing special versions of my songs, that are for house concerts only.
For reading, for pledging, for sharing, for supporting independent music. We artists can't do this without you. And a special Thank You to my Orthlings 🖖🏼If you're not yet a member of the Orthlings - VLO Fan Club, join today at https://www.facebook.com/groups/orthlings.
Risks and challenges
This may be my first Kickstarter campaign, but this is not my first time making an album. The songs are written and we've produced and recorded most of the them, and are on track to release the album in October 2019. However, unexpected things can happen. I will be closely communicating with all of you if anything goes astray. I've also padded each reward's estimated delivery date with a couple months, so my goal is to get you your rewards sooner than the deadlines. If things take even longer, the latest this album will be released is March, 2020.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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